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We recently bought a used 5er with a dish mounted on the roof. This dish folds up for traveling. I know nothing about this system, but just recently subscribed to the dish network. This coming Wednesday morning the dish people will come out and install the system on our house and show us how to use it on the trailer. What are the odds the installer will know how to work the dish on the 5er? Will they have a manual they will leave with us etc.? Are there any specific questions I should ask?


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you likely have a Winegard Trav'ler sat dish. your immediate issue is if the Trav'ler is rigged for DISH or DirecTV. any clues from the previous owner like paperwork, manuals, etc? worst case if it is rigged for DTV it can be converted to DISH. there should be a control box in one of the overhead cabinets. manuals are online. reach out if you have other questions


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The odds are 0 that the installer will know anything about the RV system. I would bet they will not even touch the RV installation, and tell you to take it somewhere to have the equipment installed.


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lryrob9301 wrote:

The odds are 0 that the installer will know anything about the RV system. I would bet they will not even touch the RV installation, and tell you to take it somewhere to have the equipment installed.

well, not zero but not great. i’ve run across some with RV experience. but your first hurdle is determining if the sat dish is DISH of DTV.

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“What are the odds the installer will know how to work the dish on the 5er?“

Very high. Let us know if he/she does know.


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Go ahead and deploy the antenna. It will lock on even without the receiver installed. Now, take a picture of the antenna while raised and post here so we can see what you have. You can also use the controller to raise the antenna and when you start it up it will have a message about the antenna. When it's locked on it will either have *101, *119, 110 (DirecTV) or *119, *110, *129 (Dish Network). If you are lucky and it's a Dish antenna then you can leave the antenna up, let the installer install and life will be good. If it's not a Dish antenna, call and stop the installation as you are going to need to order $300 worth of parts from Winegard and either install them or find an RV professional (not a Dish Network guy) to install them.


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I called Dish to activate my Wally with a Playmaker carryout dish. The Technical support guy asked repeatedly about getting the carryout installed, totally clueless. He finally kicked it up to a manager to get the simple activation done.





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You could probably find a lot of stuff on youtube.

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2oldman wrote:

You could probably find a lot of stuff on youtube.


that’s an excellent idea. i always forget about the ‘how to’ videos on YouTube. Bill’s advice to raise the sat dish and see which birds it finds is also spot on. be sure you’re dish is clear of trees to the South/Southwest. The ‘Dish For My RV App’ is useful for
determining if your dish can see the sats.

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When we went from directv to dish the installer put the dish box in the living room, the Joey in the bedroom and our vip211 in the MH and made all three work.





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